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    Puppy Attacking Feet

    Hello everyone,
    I have a 17 week old shih tzu. He's very sweet and generally well behaved. Except recently in the last two weeks, when we go on a walk, half way through the walk, he gets super hyper, runs around, and attacks my feet. I'm not sure how to deal with this. I feel strange holding the leash away from me, saying no, with a little shih tzu puppy dangling from the leash (he's in a harness), but I don't know what to do with him when he does this, especially since we are outside. Anyway, if you guys have any advice, I would much appreciate it! Thank you!

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    Re: Puppy Attacking Feet

    I'd stop where you are and ignore him, be a tree, then he will find you uninteresting because you aren't jumping around trying to dodge him or trying to hold him back. Then try to start walking again. I'd also suggest that you play with him some to get rid of that extra energy before you go out on your walk and perhaps more frequent walks. I know with my shih tzu if I don't take him out on a long enough walk he will go crazy and start running around.


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    My puppy did that for a week or so and then she grew out of it.
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    Maybe you could spray bitter apple on your feet before you go. We have tried everything to get our 14 week old puppy to stop biting hands, jeans, feet etc. No amount of no or ouch etc worked but bitter apple does!
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    Perhaps take a toy with you on your walks, and when he starts getting hyper, stop, like the first poster suggested, and instead of just standing there, toss the toy. You may have to use a longer leash as well. That way, you will also be able to use his energy constructively, as well as teach him that your feet are not acceptable toys!

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    maybe she is getting board walking. She needs a toy to play with. So bring a little chew toy to her to chew on when she starts attacking your feet. If that dont work, do what durbkat suggested.
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    Mental stimulation can work wonders on a walk. We practice obedience work everywhere we go, and constantly challenge our pup's mind. It cut out the jumping, herding and biting behaviors and wears him out so he tends to nap at home giving us some downtime to relax.

    When you see the behavior is getting ready to start, try asking for a sit or something else your pup knows and distract them from the unwanted behavior by working on a wanted behavior.

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    In addition to the other advice you got, I would suggest trying to change your pace or abruptly change directions on a walk. It keeps your pup on his toes. If Zoe's starting to pay more attention to acorns than me, I start speed walking or even almost jogging for a minute to get her attention back. If you keep altering your pace or taking unexpected turns, your pup will pay more attention to you and hopefully less to your feet!

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    Re: Puppy Attacking Feet

    when my pup bites at my feet i clap above her head a couple times and tell her no. i also do that when she is chewing on things in the house she shouldn't be. is that an acceptable way to correct her?

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